Fallout 76: This Account Lacks the Required Entitlements Error Explained

FO76's infamous beta error keeps rearing its ugly head from time to time. But is there anything you can do when the game tells you that "This account lacks the required entitlements"?

A Fallout 76 beta bug that has never been fixed has once again begun to rear its ugly head. As more players jump into the game's new survival beta, the "This Account Lacks the Required Entitlements" error code is back again. 

When the error first appeared, it was because Bethesda didn't have its servers set up properly, and most fans had to wait for the next Beta session.

When the error happens now, it's because the servers are down for maintenance or overwhelmed for one reason or another.

The error primarily affects PC players. However, it has affected Xbox One players as well, though not as frequently. As far as can be seen, PlayStation 4 players don't run into the issue, or at least, not enough for it to be registered as a problem.

It's a Server Issue

Because it's a server issue, it means there isn't actually anything you can do about it, other than wait for a little while and try again.

However, Bethesda did also note that first-time players should double-check to see if they applied a Fallout 76 code to their account.

It's important to know that, because the error doesn't necessarily appear the same way for the same people. Some Reddit users have reported seeing it pop up initially, but then the game would launch and return them to the Start screen, or it would get stuck on the initial loading screen.

It would also occasionally lead to a new error message: "An Unknown Error Has Occurred."

Frustrating as it may be, though, there's no need to re-install the Bethesda repair tool or find out what on your unit might be causing the trouble.

If you're reading this now, then you've obviously encountered Fallout 76's Account Lacks the Required Entitlements error. While you wait for the game to be back online, check out our Fallout 76 guide portal to help take your game to the next level — once you can get back in it, that is.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published May. 17th 2019

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